Wednesday, August 3, 2011

If You are a Shawshank Redemption Fan Don't Miss a Chance to See the Famous Oak Tree

If you are a Shawshank Redemption fan you would be interested in knowing that the famous oak tree, which was a big part of the dramatic finish of the movie, was heavily damaged in a recent storm.

Shawshank Redemption Oak Tree
The tree is located on private property in Mansfield, Ohio where much of the movie was filmed.

It split down the middle, after taking on straight-line winds during a storm on July 29, 2011. One side of the famed mighty oak crashed to the ground.

A steady stream of fans visit Mansfield year round to travel the Shawshank Trail, which follows the same path that the actors, film producers and directors walked while making the movie in 1993. The trail has 12 stops that include a tour of the historic Ohio State Reformatory where visitors will go step-by-step through the movie's most meaningful scenes.

Historic Mansfield Reformatory
This reformatory is one of the five largest castle type structures in the United States and houses the world's tallest free-standing steel cell block.

If Shawshank Redemption is not one of your top movies you might be intrigued at the fact that this unique structure has been the filming site for TV shows, music  videos, and other memorable movies such as Tango & Cash, and Air Force One. It has also appeared in shows on Travel Channel and  SciFi Channel.

The drive it yourself Shawshank Trail tour takes you to other buildings, the Carousel District, Mansfield's downtown area including Central Park and the Renaissance Theater, and other locations including the famed oak tree,all which played major roles in the film.

The Mansfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is working with the property owners to possibly preserve the tree so visitors can still visit and photograph this part of movie history. The bureau does suggest those who want to see the tree in its natural location to visit now, while part of it remains standing.

The Shawshank Trail Drive-it Yourself tour brochure is available online at .

This is an experience you won't want to miss. Even if you are not a big fan of the movie or have never seen the movie, the area affords you breathtaking scenery and rural and hometown experiences and much more including, hiking, biking, golf, cross country and downhill skiing, and other outdoor adventures. Those are just a few of the many things to do in Mansfield, Ohio.

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